Arizona Cardinals: Odd Season for Floyd Could End with First Ring


Michael Floyd spent parts of five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Nearly a month into his tenure with the Patriots, he could be on his way to a ring.

Michael Floyd was once one of the Arizona Cardinals best options at the wide receiver position.

For the last few seasons, he and Larry Fitzgerald formed a pretty reliable tandem for quarterback Carson Palmer. Since Floyd’s rookie season in 2012, Palmer has thrown for 118 passing touchdowns. Fitz and Floyd have been the recipients for a combined 54 times.

But this season, in a year that projected the Cardinals to be the kings of the NFL, Floyd struggled. In a span of three weeks, Floyd had five catches for just 58 yards. He didn’t have a single reception in their Week 5 win over the San Francisco 49ers. He was in a slump, and desperately needed a way out of it.

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He may have found a way out of it, whether Cardinals fans like it or not.

In mid-December, Floyd was released by the Cardinals after an uneventful ’16 season. Not only that, Floyd was arrested for DUI charges. Two days after the charges, the Cardinals decided to part ways with Floyd. It was clear he’d find another team in a matter of days, since he’s only 27-years old and has had success in recent seasons.

Not only was he signed days after being released, it was by the New England Patriots. You know, the best team in the AFC that will likely ride an easy postseason schedule to Houston in February.

But really, good for Floyd. After being on multiple winning teams in the desert over the last few years and coming up short too many times, he now has a good shot to win his first ring. And he gets to do it with the wicked duo of Bill Belicheck and Tom Brady.

So when Brady hoists up the Lombardi Trophy for the fifth team in his career in just a few weeks, Floyd will be somewhere on that stage, too. He’ll be a member of the world-champion New England Patriots. And he’ll thank the Arizona Cardinals organization, who basically handed him the first ring of his career.

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If that doesn’t perfectly summarize Arizona sports, then I’m not sure what will.